REL 2174 – Religion and Violence

This course will focus on the interplay between religion and violence. Students will explore how religious ideologies and practices have been used to justify violence, even in cases where the religion begins with strong pacifist or non-violent orientation. Students will focus on the following religious traditions: Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In addition to these specific religious cases, the class will examine why it is religion and violence can be and often are an explosive combination. In this regard, students will examine violence as a performance, cosmic war theory, as well as some issues of gender as it pertains to theoretical underpinnings of the combination of religion and violence. IV